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Jean-Philippe Rameau

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Jean-Philippe Rameau was aged 50 before his first opera, Hippolyte et Aricie, was premiered in Paris. By the time of his death 30 years later he had composed over 30 stage works, and produced around 40 works of musical theory. ...

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Jean-Philippe Rameau was aged 50 before his first opera, Hippolyte et Aricie, was premiered in Paris. By the time of his death 30 years later he had composed over 30 stage works, and produced around 40 works of musical theory.

Born in Dijon, Rameau held a succession of organist posts before moving permanently to Paris in 1722. In the same year his influential Traité de l'harmonie was published. During this time he was known largely as a composer of keyboard music and cantatas, but with his early operas, among them Les Indes galantes (1736) and Les fêtes d'Hébé (1739) he won a reputation for strengthening the dramatic role of music in his stage-works, displeasing the more conservative followers of Lully. After a period under the patronage of the financier La Pouplinière, Rameau won favour at the Royal Court, and was appointed a royal chamber music composer. Despite his hard-won success as an opera composer - especially in the genre of the tragédie lyrique - Rameau returned to his theoretical treatises from the 1750s, though he managed to complete two further major works, Les Paladins (1760) and Les Boréades (1763).

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Les Indes galantes - suite of orchestral numbers [from the opera-ballet]
Les Indes galantes - suite of orchestral numbers [from the opera-ballet]
Anacreon - acte de ballet; 'L'amour est le dieu de la paix'
Anacreon - acte de ballet; 'L'amour est le dieu de la paix'
Orchestra
Les Paladins
Last played on
Gavotte from Suite in A minor (Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin)
Gavotte from Suite in A minor (Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin)
Performer
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Les trois mains from Suite in A minor
Pygmalion - acte de ballet
Pygmalion - acte de ballet
Singer
Reinoud Van Mechenlen
Rachel Redmond
Elodie Fonnard
Yannis Francois
Director
Les Boreades: Act IV scene 4 - Entree de Polymnie
Les Fetes de Polymnie - opera-ballet: Prologue
Les Fetes de Polymnie - opera-ballet: Prologue
Conductor
Gyorgy Vashegyi
Singer
Mathias Vidal
Aurelia Legay
Emoke Barath
Choir
Purcell Choir
Orchestra
Orfeo Orchestra
Last played on
Les Fetes d'Hebe (Les talents lyriques), Tambourin en rondeau I & 2
Les Fetes d'Hebe (Les talents lyriques), Tambourin en rondeau I & 2
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Le Temple de la gloire [1745], Act 1; Air tendre pour les Muses
Le Temple de la gloire [1745], Act 1; Air tendre pour les Muses
Pieces de clavecin [1724, rev.1731], Le Rappel des oiseaux [E minor]
Pieces de clavecin [1724, rev.1731], Le Rappel des oiseaux [E minor]
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Les Indes galantes - suite of orchestral numbers (from the opera-ballet)
Les Indes galantes - suite of orchestral numbers (from the opera-ballet)
Conductor
Les Indes galantes... [1736], Chaconne [Ballet general de guerriers... sauvages]
Les Indes galantes... [1736], Chaconne [Ballet general de guerriers... sauvages]
Last played on
Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin ou Seconde livre [1728]: Les Sauvages
Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin ou Seconde livre [1728]: Les Sauvages
Last played on
Fanfarinette (Nouvelles Suites)
Fanfarinette (Nouvelles Suites)
Ensemble
Calefax Reed Quintet
Dardanus (orchestral suites) -  tragedie en Musique (1739)
'Tendre amour' from Les indes galantes, adapted with a sacred text
'Tendre amour' from Les indes galantes, adapted with a sacred text
Castor et Pollux: opening funeral chorus, adapted to 'Kyrie Eleison'
Castor et Pollux: opening funeral chorus, adapted to 'Kyrie Eleison'
In convertendo Dominus
Gavotte in A minor
Gavotte in A minor
Performer
Alexander Romanovsky
Les Indes galantes..., Air pour Boree et la Rose
Nais - pastorale-heroique..., Prologue (L'Accord des dieux)
Nais - pastorale-heroique..., Prologue (L'Accord des dieux)
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Zais: ballet heroique - Acts III & IV
Zais: ballet heroique - Acts III & IV
Singer
Hasnaa Bennani
Zachary Wilder
Amel Brahim Djelloul
Benoit Arnould
Marie Arnet
Konstantin Wolff
Julian Prégardien
Choir
Namur Chamber Chorus
Zais: ballet heroique - Act II
Zais: ballet heroique - Act II
Singer
Hasnaa Bennani
Zachary Wilder
Amel Brahim Djelloul
Benoit Arnould
Marie Arnet
Konstantin Wolff
Julian Prégardien
Choir
Namur Chamber Chorus
Zais: ballet heroique - Prologue & Act I
Zais: ballet heroique - Prologue & Act I
Singer
Hasnaa Bennani
Zachary Wilder
Amel Brahim Djelloul
Benoit Arnould
Marie Arnet
Konstantin Wolff
Julian Prégardien
Choir
Namur Chamber Chorus
Pieces de Clavecin
Pieces de Clavecin
Performer
Andreas Borregaard
Zoroastre - Air des Esprits infernaux
Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin (1726/27): Gavotte et doubles
Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin (1726/27): Gavotte et doubles
Les Paladins - orchestral suite, Entree tres gaye de troubadours
Les Paladins - orchestral suite, Entree tres gaye de troubadours
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Dardanus - suite
Dardanus - suite
Performer
Septura
Last played on
Suite from Platee (Junon jalouse) - comedie-lyrique in three acts (1745)
Suite from Platee (Junon jalouse) - comedie-lyrique in three acts (1745)
Une symphonie imaginaire: Les Indes galentes – Chaconne
Une symphonie imaginaire: Les Indes galentes – Chaconne
Dardanus: Prologue – Premier Tambourin; Deuxieme Tambourin
Dardanus: Prologue – Premier Tambourin; Deuxieme Tambourin
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